WEST DES MOINES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WEST DES MONES, IA (TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2022) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) has announced its 2023 Board of Directors, a diverse group of leaders that will guide, serve, and shape the WDM Chamber and West Des Moines community.
 
“Our 2023 Board of Directors is made up of key leaders in our city and region who represent a wide range of industries and businesses from small, medium, and large.” said Katherine Harrington, President and CEO of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. “We are also pleased to announce that 35% of this year’s board members represent minoritized communities and groups which will help us further our efforts for helping to push our region forward with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.”
 
The 2023 Board of Directors slate was approved by the current WDM Chamber membership last month. The board term officially begins January 1, 2023 with the first official meeting taking place on Tuesday, January 11, 2023.
 
“I am very much looking forward to serve as this year’s board chair.” said Jon Hummel, Vice President of West Bank. “The West Des Moines Chamber has propelled in membership, programming, reach, and influence greatly over the past two years, and I look forward to working with this expert group to help keep our momentum moving forward for our city and region as we continue to help make West Des Moines the best city in America to live, work, and play.”

BOARD MEMBERS FOR 2023 INCLUDE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS:

  • Chair: Jon Hummel, VP Commercial Banking / West Bank

  • Chair Elect: Paul Schut, Technology Advisor / Marco

  • Treasurer: Terrence Thames, Owner & Creative Director / Cocoa Creative Agency

  • Secretary: Dave Baccile, Chief Investment Officer / NCMIC

  • Past Board Chair: Angela Jackson, SR VP, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion / Athene

BOARD MEMBERS WITH TWO YEAR TERMS:

  • Thomas Bosch

  • Maria Davis, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate / R&R Realty Group

  • Tom Mulrooney, VP & COO / Unity Point Health – Des Moines

  • Robert Palmer, General Council & Director Government Affairs / Iowa League of Cities 

  • Mark Peiffer, SR VP & Chief Financial Officer / Des Moines University

  • Jennifer Smith, Partner / S&S Employment Partners

  • Marcia Treichel, VP, Market Expansion Branch Manager / JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Liza Veren, SR VP, Human Resources / Athene

2023 ONE YEAR APPOINTEES:

  • Crystal Brown, Branch Manager WDM / Wells Fargo

  • Harrison Kruse, Vice President / CBRE | Advisory and Transaction Services

  • Kourtney Perry, CEO / Privacy, LLC & Ladie Lex Scented Candles

  • Art Sebastian, VP Digital Experiences / Casey’s

2023 CITY, COMMUNITY, & CHAMBER REPRESENTATIVES:

  • Mayor of WDM: Renee Hardman, City Councilwoman / City of West Des Moines and Chief Equity Inclusion Officer & VP of Human Resources / Broadlawns Hospital

  • WDM Community School District: Dr. Matt Adams, Superintendent

  • Waukee Community School District: Dr. Bradley Buck, Superintendent

  • DMACC: Dr. Anthony Paustian, Provost  

  • WDM Leadership Academy: Jeremy Bielski, VP Sales / ITA Group

  • West YP: Nora Walsh, Commercial Real Estate Advisor / SVN CREATE

  • WDM Ambassadors: Anthony Kottke, Channel Manager / Aureon

  • WDM Leads/Latino Trade Network: Amner Martinez, Founder & CEO / Infinite Resources

Additionally, the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce extends thanks and gratitude to those who are no long serving on the board, including:

ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS TERMS EXPIRING in 2022:

  • Past Board Chair: Therese Wielage, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer / Merchants Bonding Company

  • Kristi Burma, Executive VP, Human Resources / Athene

  • Sally Cooper Smith-President, Creative Director / Cooper Smith & Company

  • Kristin Hurd, VP, Public Relations & Business Development / Hurd Real Estate Services

ONE YEAR APPOINTEES’ TERMS EXPIRING in 2022:

  • Jeff Neumann, National Account Director / UCB

  • Heather Schott, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Manager / Krause Group

  • Jennifer Smith, Partner / S&S Employment Partners

  • Josh Terrell, President & COO / Benefits Plus

CITY, COMMUNITY, AND CHAMBER BOARD REPRESENTATIVES’ TERMS EXPIRING in 2022:

  • WDM Ambassadors: Lu Anne Gafford, Underwriting Director / Life 107.1

  • West YP: Dr. Adam Ries, Doctor / Yost Family Chiropractic

  • WDM Leads: Shane Kennedy, Real Estate Specialist at eXp Realty / Jacobs Real Estate Partners

  • WDM Leadership Academy: Tiffiny Gaskill, Senior Property Manager / R&R Realty Group

 
To learn more about the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the 2023 Board of Directors, visit wdmchamber.org.
 
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About the WDM Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce is to champion all things West Des Moines by strengthening our area companies, providing personalized resources, and attracting a top workforce to position WDM as the best suburban city in America. A 2022 ACCE Chamber of the Year Finalist, the WDM Chamber produces programs and events for everyone. Learn more about the WDM Chamber and how to get involved at wdmchamber.org.

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